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Loggia, Heraklion

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Government Building · Architectural Building
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  • Excellent building from Venetian times - the loggia dates back to 1620. The loggias were places where Venetian noblemen gathered and discussed the local economic and social issues. Nowadays it is a...  more »
  • We ecounterd the beautiful, old Venetian building as we were walking around in the area. It is currently an administration building so you can't go inside. But we were able to admire the outside...  more »
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  • The elegant building of the Loggia is one of the finest monuments of Venetian Crete. The Loggia (noblemen's club) now standing in Heraklion was constructed in 1626-28 by Francesco Morosini, the same man who built the Lions Fountain (Fontana Morosini) in Eleftheriou Venizelou Square. This is the fourth and final Loggia built during the period of Venetian rule. Very little information is available on the first three, so we do not really know what they looked like. According to historical sources, the first Loggia of Heraklion was by the sea, exposed to winter storms and gales. In 1325 the nobles of Chandax applied to Venice for a grant of land away from the sea to build a new Loggia. The application was approved and the second Loggia was built opposite today's building. The third Loggia was built in 1541 on the site occupied by the present building, but it was smaller. The fourth and final Loggia was built in 1626-1628. Venetian political and social customs demanded the construction of a public building in Heraklion, as a meeting-place for the nobles, rulers and feudal lords, where economic and commercial decisions were made. It was also a place for them to relax, something like an officers' mess today.
  • nice building to stop during your promenade in Heraklion downtown. Nowadays is the city hall and we only got into the main patio.

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